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Date posted 10 Mar 2022

As part of the Waltham Forest Council funded initiative we offer young residents (under 18) free swimming during school holidays (junior membership required).

This offer is extended to residents of Waltham Forest 60+,  during off peak times 9am-4pm on weekdays and after 1pm on weekends (membership required). Swim safely rules apply.

People with a Disability and Armed Forces staff can acess the free swimming at any time weekdays and weekends.

You can even book in advance online for specific sessions.

All you need to do is to join for an Annual Pay & Play Better Membership online with proof of age and address. The membership costs £5.30 or £3.10 concessionary per annum for Juniors (Under 16) and £10.30 for over 60's.

All Pay & Play Better Membership card holders have free access to swimming pools, as well as discounted rate access to gyms, fitness classes and racquet courts in Better leisure centres in Waltham Forest. If you do not hold a Pay & Play Better Membership card, access and activities will be individually charged. Learn more about Pay & Play Better Membership HERE.

You can complete your registration online HERE, select your 'home centre' (e.g. Chingford leisure centre). Once you have your chosen Better leisure centre you will be able to select your membership where you will need to select 'Pay and Play'.

You will then need to 'Choose your plan' which for free swimming will be Pay and Play with an appropriate start date. You will need to choose thhe Pay and Play option applicable to you, Under 16's select 'Better Junior' and over 60's will select 'Better Adult Concessionary'.

There will then be an Additional details page which asks questions on Ethnicity and Disabilities, there are 'Not given/Not collected' options if you prefer not to answer.

The next page will enable you to enter your 'your details' and 'address details' and decide if you would like an induction or not (use of the gym requires an induction) and tick the 'Health commitment statement'. upon completion you will be able to click the green continue box to move onto the 'Payment details'.

Here you will be able to enter your card details followed by communication and marketing preferences. You may also need to know if you select an age specific membership then you will be required to upload evidence or bring on your first visit to a centre.